B Science, M Science, PhD
Professor of Employment Relations, Griffith Business School
The future of management – how managers are managed?
19 May 2016
Little research exists about how managers themselves are managed despite significant and ongoing change in the context of their work in recent years. Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing members, Adrian Wilkinson and Keith Townsend (with Gabriele Suder, University of Melbourne) have sought to fill this gap...
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ARC Linkage Projects strengthen Griffith’s research profile
6 May 2016
Griffith University has been awarded six Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants worth more than $1.3 million for a variety of research studies. Associate Professor Keith Townsend, Dr Rebecca Loudoun and Professor Adrian Wilkinson were awarded $186,000 for their project, ‘Improving People Management Systems in Emergency Services’. ...
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Triple honour from prestigious academy
Three Griffith Professors have been honoured with Fellowships of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia...Professor Adrian Wilkinson...
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Why franchises care more about their coffee than their people
The systematic exploitation and non–compliance with legal obligations highlighted by this week’s Four Corners program is not typical across all franchises....
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Transforming the Philippine workforce through leadership development
Griffith human resource (HR) and leadership experts Professor Adrian Wilkinson and Dr Jeanne McConachie are among prominent international speakers at this year’s Philippine national HR Symposium...
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Key study informs Bank of England review
Why organisations succeed or fail has long been one of Professor Adrian Wilkinson’s key areas of research...
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Handbook brings ER analysis fully up to date
Among the many legacies of 2008’s Global Financial Crisis was a need to reevaluate employment relations...
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New worker voice must be heard
The voice of the employee remains a key dynamic of any workplace, but how has its influence and appreciation changed with time? ...
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Employer–employee relations: problems, performance and wellbeing
A team of researchers from Griffith University, Georgia State University (US) and the University of Toronto (Canada) will spend the next three years digging deep into the state of employer–employee relations...
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Vice Chancellor recognises research excellence
Outstanding Griffith University researchers have been honoured for their dedication and extraordinary achievements in the annual Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards...The Mid Career/ Senior Research Award was given to Professor Adrian Wilkinson...
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Big thinking professor recognised on HR list
HR Most Influential 2012 has unveiled the names of the top 20 global thinkers challenging assumptions and practice in the field of human resources, with Professor Wilkinson the only Australian academic listed....
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Professor becomes fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Centre Director, Adrian Wilkinson was recently appointed as a (British) Royal Society of the Arts Fellow, which is conferred upon those who have made a contribution to society in a cultural or arts-related sphere...
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Professor awarded distinction for excellence in social sciences research
Griffith University’s Professor Adrian Wilkinson has been awarded a rare distinction for his outstanding contributions to social sciences research. The United Kingdom Academy of Social Sciences has bestowed upon Professor Wilkinson the award of Academician....
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Adrian joins Cambridge as an academic fellow
Professor Adrian Wilkinson has been appointed as an academic fellow in a research centre at the University of Cambridge....
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Management accolade for Professor Adrian WilkinsonOctober 2010
Department of Employment Relations and Human Resources’ Professor Adrian Wilkinson has been appointed a British Academy of Management (BAM) Fellow....
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Adrian Wilkinson is Professor of Employment Relations, and the Director of the Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing, at Griffith University, Australia. Prior to his 2006 appointment, Adrian worked at Loughborough University in the UK where he was Professor of Human Resource Management from 1998, and Director of Research for the Business School. Adrian has also worked at the Manchester School of Management at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. He holds Visiting Professorships at Loughborough University, Sheffield University and the University of Durham, and is an Academic Fellow at the Centre for International Human Resource Management at the Judge Institute, University of Cambridge.
Adrian has written on many aspects of Human Resource Management and Employment Relations. Recent research encompassed employee participation and voice; high performance work systems and; comparative and international employment relations. He has attracted grants from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the NHS Executive, the Nuffield Foundation, the Society of Human Resource Management and the Australian Research Council.
Adrian has authored/ co–authored/ edited twenty–one books, one hundred and fifty articles in refereed journals, and seventy book chapters. His work has been widely cited with over 9 800 citations reported by Google Scholar (h–index of 54). His books (with co-authors) include:
- Making Quality Critical (Routledge, 1995);
- Managing Quality and Human Resources (Blackwell, 1997);
- Managing with TQM: Theory and Practice (Macmillan, 1998);
- Understanding Work and Employment: Industrial Relations in Transition (Oxford University Press, 2003);
- Human Resource Management at Work (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, five editions – 1996, 2001, 2005, 2008, 2012);
- Contemporary Human Resource Management: Text and Cases (Pearson, all four editions – 2001, 2006, 2009, 2013);
- The Sage Handbook of Human Resource Management (Sage, 2009);
- The Oxford Handbook of Organisational Participation (OUP, 2010);
- The Handbook of Work and Employment Relations (Elgar, 2011);
- New Directions in Employment Relations (Palgrave, 2011);
- The Handbook of Comparative Employment Relations (Elgar, 2011);
- The International Handbook of Labour Unions (Elgar, 2011);
- Case Studies in Global Management: Strategy, Innovation and People (TUP, 2012);
- The Oxford Handbook of Employment Relations (OUP, 2014);
- the Handbook of Research on Employee Voice: Participation and Involvement in the Workplace (Elgar, 2014);
- Voice and Involvement at Work: Experience with Non-Union Representation Across Three Continents (Taylor and Francis, 2014);
- Handbook of Research on Managing Managers (with K. Townsend and G. Suter) (eds) (Elgar Press, 2015);
- Perspectives on Contemporary Professional Work: Challenges and Experiences (with D. Hislop and and C. Coupland) (eds), (Elgar Press, 2015);
- An Encyclopedia of Human Resource Management (with S. Johnstone) (eds) (Elgar Press, 2016);
- Developing Positive Employment Relations: International Experiences of Labour Management Partnerships (with S. Johnstone) (eds) (Palgrave, 2016); and
- Emerging Indian Multinationals: Strategic Players in a Multipolar World (with M. Thite and P. Budwhar) (eds) (Oxford University Press, 2016).
- The Oxford Handbook of Management (with S. Armstrong and M. Lounsbury) (eds), Oxford University Press;
- A Very Short, Reasonably Interesting and Fairly Cheap Book about Employment Relations (with T. Dundon), Sage;
- The Routledge Companion to Employment Relations (with T. Dundon, J. Donaghey and A. Colvin) (eds), Routledge; and
- Human Resource Management – A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press.
Adrian has recent/ current ARC projects on high performance work systems in health; new workplaces; managing productive and collaborative relationships; the influence of feedback processes on hospital systems; and employee voice and wellbeing. In November 2013, he, and co-Chief Investigator Michael Barry were awarded a three year, $255 566 AUD ARC Discovery Project entitled, ‘Taking the Pulse at Work: Employer-Employee Relations and Workplace Problems in Australia Compared to the United States’ (Partner Investigators include Bruce Kaufman and Rafael Gomez). The team have secured further funding in 2015–2016 ($298,000 USD) from the USA’s Industrial Relations Counselors, Inc. to build on this research, adding in participants from the UK. In 2016, Adrian, and co–Chief Investigators Keith Townsend and Rebecca Loudoun (with partners United Voice and the Ambulance Employees’ Association), were awarded a three year, $186 000 ARC Linkage Project entitled,‘Improving People Management Systems in Emergency Services’.
Adrian served on the Australian Research Council College of Experts from 2008-2010, and was Deputy Chair for the Social, Behavioural and Economics panel. He also acts as a referee for several other research councils including the ESRC, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Nuffield Foundation, in the UK; the National Science Foundation in the US; and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.
Adrian has been an External Examiner for PhDs at over a dozen universities including the London School of Economics, University of Warwick, Nottingham University, University of Strathclyde, University of Bradford, Durham University, Sheffield University, Auckland University and the University of Queensland.
He is a Fellow and Accredited Examiner of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK and a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute. Adrian was appointed as both an ANZAM Research Fellow (2010–2015) and a British Academy of Management Fellow in 2010. In 2011 he was elected as an Academician (Fellow) of the Academy of Social Sciences and most recently as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (2015) in recognition of his contribution to the field. Adrian is also a Fellow of the (British) Royal Society of the Arts (appointed in 2012).
In 2012 he was shortlisted by HR magazine for the award of HR’s (Human Resources’) Most Influential International Thinker, and was awarded Griffith University’s 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Award for Senior Researcher.
Adrian was Chief Editor of the International Journal of Management Reviews from 2004-2009; and currently serves as (co) Editor–in–Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal (2013 –). He serves on the editorial boards of 18 further journals including Human Resource Management, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, the Industrial Relations Journal, the Asia Pacific Journal of Human Resources and Work, Employment and Society. Most recently, Adrian (with Tony Dundon) has taken up the post of co–Editor of the Springer Series in Work, Organization and Employment (2016 –).